3/20/2009 Update:

Myself and a Hoboken411 reader swung by Hoboken Bar and Grill earlier in the month for a quick bite to eat. Since it was over two weeks ago, this review will be just as quick, 411 “bullet point style!”

See the rest of the review after the jump…

Hoboken Bar and Grill – first impressions

Brief Details

  • Time: Weekday late lunch around 3pm.
  • Restaurant: Empty with the exception of a few people at the bar.
  • Staff: About half a dozen on hand. Hostess, a few waiters, waitresses and a bartender.
  • Decor: Better than previous iterations, seating area essentially the same, bar much improved.
  • Seating: Comfortable enough for a big guy.
  • Bathrooms: Didn’t have to go.

See the rest of the mini-review after the jump…

(Hoboken Bar & Grill, continued…)

More first impressions

Food

  • Appetizer – Chicken Quesadilla: Reader: Tortilla flaky, warm. Chicken not overcooked. Good mexican seasoning. Sour cream drizzled – good presentation. One of the best quesadillas she’s had in recent memory. Hoboken411: Very good, but not great. I didn’t like the drizzled sour cream, but probably better for my waistline. Bottled salsa not impressive. Fairly filling. Probably a reliable appetizer to order again.
  • Entree #1 – Steak & Cheese Sandwich: Reader: Good bread, soft – with a touch of olive oil. Steak strips tender and moist. Cheddar, onions & mushrooms, delicious additions. Chipotle Mayo pulled it all together. Really enjoyed it! Hoboken411: I just had one bite – and felt it was bland and oily.. the bread was good. Probably not a good “statistical sample” so don’t take my word on it.
  • Entree #2 – Bacon Swiss Burger: Hoboken411: Felt the burger was OK, but just average. Unless they change the meat supplier, I’ll never order this again. Everything else was of acceptable quality level – the fries had a unique taste – like boardwalk french fries… while interesting in a “gimmicky” sort of way – I believe I’d get sick of them after a while (again, probably good for waistline.) Bottom line – burger was average, and not deserved of a letter home to mom. (Reader didn’t taste this – but liked the fries)

Service / Cost:

  • Reader was impressed with the staff. I thought they did what they were supposed to do, without anything to complain about. Then again, I had my back to them the whole time, so I cannot gauge the big picture – and it was empty, so I cannot vouch how they perform at peak times.
  • Bonus: They did ask us to fill out a survey of the restaurant and staff – which leads you to believe that they care what their customers think – a nice touch.
  • Total bill was around 30 bucks plus tip. Probably a smidge on the high side for a lunch – maybe they should have different menus?

Overall Impressions:
Reader was much more elated than I was – she liked practically everything top to bottom. I’d have to say my viewpoint at this time is “inconclusive” – but while nothing knocked my socks off – I can happily say that nothing made me disgusted either – that’s not a shabby place to be.

Next visit will be to have a few drinks at the bar and see how that “vibe” is.

Anyone else try it yet?

12/8/2008:

Rodeo, Ristra, Privee, Mercy Grill – and now Hoboken Bar & Grill.”

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Will it succeed?

This infamous location at 230 Washington Street (next to the filthy McDonald’s) has long been home to eventually doomed establishments. I can’t figure out whether it was the awful layout of the place (tiny bar – ill-placed stairs, etc.), or just plain haunted in general.

However, new owners Paul Valenzano and Mike Citarella hope to succeed with the new bar / restaurant.

Hoping to open up in the beginning of 2009, Hoboken Bar & Grill will lose the pretentious “lounge” like atmosphere and become a basic bar/tavern with simple American appetizers and entrees. One thing that may help them last longer is the fact that they’re expanding the bar and adding over a dozen flat-panel televisions.

The business partners also run a place called Rock Cellar in West Orange, NJ – which seems like a fun place to hang out if you judge by the photo galleries on their website… (of course you need fun people to attend your place, too).

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If they can offer a decent atmosphere, non budget-busting food and drink (tasty and well-portioned), it’s quite possible they might stand a chance.

Only time will tell…

Description:Bar / Tavern / Restaurant
Services: Restaurant, Bar, live events, outdoor seating
Address: 230 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Website: www.hobokenbarandgrill.com
Telephone: TBD

Hoboken NJ

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